I have now been living with my host family for a week, and they are everything I could have possibly hoped for in a family. First of all, the house. I live only a 10 minute walk from language school, and a 15 minute bus ride from the Centro. My neighborhood is great. There are a lot of little tiendas, taquerías, and other shops around, and there's even a panadería (bakery) just around the corner! Everything is right at my fingertips. I have my own room, which I finally decorated with pictures from home a few days ago (and my brother has already asked for copies of some of my pictures when I leave!), and I already feel very settled in.
My family is also terrific! I live with my host parents, Mauricio and Zuriken, and my 9 year old host brother Mauricio (Maury for short). We also have two dogs: a yellow lab named Rayo (lightening, after Lightening McQueen), and a chihuahua named Mate (I think after Mater, also from the movie Cars). Zuri's sister Carla and her two kids Estefania and Humberto live right next door, and they have a pet schnauzer named Lola. They're a big, happy, energetic family all the time!
I don't really see Mauricio very often; he works a lot. But Zuri is almost always around, and she and Carla make life go smoothly around here. Zuri is always checking on me, making sure I'm doing ok and I know how to do things. I'm taking a new bus route to church in the morning, and she both wrote out directions for me AND drove me part of the bus route (until where I will change buses) so I can be sure to know how to get there in the morning. She also plays translator. Not that she translates things into English, but if one of the kids says something to me that I don't understand, she repeats it in slower, simpler, more enunciated Spanish so that I CAN understand it, even if I had no clue of what was being said earlier.
|Estefania and Humberto with Mate|
|Humberto, Maury, and Estefania with Maury's impressive tower (made from Jenga tiles)|
|They were pretty excited to play around with Photo Booth on my computer|
Well, that's my life right now. I'd love to hear from you about how your life is going as well!